ESRF hosts a Public Seminar on Long Term Structural Change in Tanzanian Agriculture.

    On August 22nd, 2017 the Economic and Research Foundation (ESRF) organized a half day Public Seminar on “Long term structural change in Tanzanian agriculture - Food Crops as Cash Crops and the Policy Implications” attracting a considerable number of experts in this area.

    The Seminar featured a presentation from Prof. Brian Van Arkaidie, former Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Dar es Salaam and Principal Research Associate at ESRF that reviewed and described the performance of agricultural sector in Tanzania since independence and the corresponding approaches for agricultural and rural development.

    The seminar was chaired by Prof. Lucian Msambichaka, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Dar es Salaam and moderated by Mr. Danford Sango, Head of Governance and Capacity Development, ESRF. The seminar attracted 40 plus participants who were scholars from University of Dar es Salaam, researchers from Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, policy makers and other stakeholders well versed in the areas of agriculture and economics.

    The conference was officially opened by Dr. Tausi Mbaga Kida, Executive Director ESRF. In her opening remarks, Dr. Tausi said, the objective of the Seminar was to make critical reflection of agricultural sector performance in Tanzania from a long term perspective and implications of this historical outlook to agricultural policy in Tanzania.

    On his presentation Prof. Brian Van Arkadie covered historical role of agriculture; technical change and innovation; performance of export crops; food crops and the growth of the urban market; crop production mainly maize, paddy, beans, cotton, sorghum and other food staples; livestock products and cross border trade; improvements in the quality of rural life; efforts to achieve rural transformation; the future of agriculture; and finally recommended what is to be done by mentioning among others the recognition of the primacy of food production – the performance of agriculture should be increasingly judged by its success in feeding the population and priorities for research and the development of infrastructure adjusted in light of this recognition as well as future role of public interventions – this is providing the basis for a flow of knowledge that farmers need but fail to supply for themselves.

    A reflection on a presentation was made by two discussants Prof. Samuel Wangwe, Principal Research Associate, ESRF and Dr. Aloyce Hepelwa, Senior Lecturer, Department of Agricultural Economics and Business, UDSM. In a nutshell they commended on a presentation for being non-technical and well informing before providing commendations on how to place agriculture at the centre of industrialization. The seminar was closed by Dr. Tausi Mbaga Kida, Executive Director – ESRF.

    Last updated on 2017-08-23

ESRFs activities are supported by the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and International Development Research Centre (IDRC)